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Computer Hardware Engineer Salary (United States)

Most Computer Hardware Engineers in the United States are men. Tutors earn an average of $70K per year. Final cash compensation to Computer Hardware Engineers varies from around $42K to approximately $112K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $11K and $10K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of Computer Hardware Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Computer Hardware Engineer Salary (?
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$45,731 - $107,176
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MEDIAN: $69,646
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Computer Hardware Engineer Salary (?
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$7.89 - $40.02
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,731 - $107,176  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,829  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,962 - $111,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 341
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$7.89 - $40.02  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $73.40  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,829  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$41,962 - $111,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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Job Description for Computer Hardware Engineer

Computer hardware engineers develop computer hardware and systems, designing products such as computer chips, circuit boards, modems, and printers, among others. They assess the needs of their clients or organization related to computer hardware systems, recommending hardware that will fill that need. Computer hardware engineers create designs for hardware, developing options that include cost estimates and logistical details. During the development process, these engineers analyze and test hardware, helping resolve any problems that arise. Computer hardware engineers must be able to recommend inspections and suggest any modifications that would increase systems' performance. They review systems with colleagues to ensure they meet all relevant specifications and standards.
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Computer Hardware Engineer Tasks
  • Research, design, develop, and test computer or computer-related equipment.
  • Provide technical support to team members.
  • Define and coordinate corrective action changes.
  • Write documentation and test specifications.

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Popular Skills for Computer Hardware Engineer

Survey takers who work as Computer Hardware Engineers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Field-Programmable Gate Array , Engineering Design, C++, and C are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Java. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know C and C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Computer Hardware Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Computer Hardware Engineers. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $79K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $64K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $91K in this role. Professionals with deep experience (more than 20 years) report prosperous salaries in six-figure territory; the median for this crowd is approximately $120K. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, more than half land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in six of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise close to one-sixth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$70,000
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For Computer Hardware Engineers, busy Austin offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Computer Hardware Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+32 percent) and San Francisco (+19 percent).

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Experience Affects Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$70,000

Skills That Affect Computer Hardware Engineer Salaries

Engineering Design
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Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA)
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C++
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National Average
$70,000
C
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Java
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 5%